Roast chicken is prepared with tomato-mint panzanella salad.
May 26, 2013 – June 1, 2013
The licorice flavor of tarragon, combined with earthy sweet potato and the acidic creaminess of goat cheese, gives this omelet a perfect balance. Combine great flavor with ease of preparation and you've got a stand-out brunch you can be proud to serve.
Beef carpaccio is a fabulous appetizer to serve when entertaining guests—it looks and tastes great and it's easy to prepare.
I'm usually a chicken breast sandwich naysayer, but I challenge anyone to say a bad word about these grilled chicken sandwiches with a sweet and spicy glaze, salty bacon, and provolone on a buttered and toasted bun.
This savory tarte tatin is the first recipe I bookmarked when I got my copy of River Cottage Veg and the dish I most anticipated cooking and eating. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's take on the French dessert is the perfect example of the wonders of vegetable cookery. Beets—the candy of the vegetable world—are excellent in the role of apples in this tart. Paired with buttery puff pastry and pungent shallot-parsley vinaigrette, they are sweet and savory all at once. Each bite is a treat.
Large chunks of shell-on lobster stir-fried with scallions, ginger, hot peppers, and yellow chives in a lightly seasoned sauce. It's a mess to eat, but a delicious one.
As sweet as it is classic, "sugary as hell" Chess Pie from Smoke & Pickles gets amped up by blackened chunks of fried pineapple.
A wonderfully moist and buttery cake loaded with juicy baked strawberries.
Despite the name, the classic Mind Eraser is really just a watered down Black Russian. This version subs in mighty 151-proof rum to give it a little more kick. It's worth seeking out Lemon Hart 151 for its rich, bold flavor.
Whipped egg whites keeps the texture of these cornmeal chicken fritters fluffy.
A refreshingly light take on lobster salad, made with cucumbers and snap peas in an intense hot, sour, and sweet dressing is accented with pine nuts, shallots, herbs, and dried shrimp.
A buttery poppyseed shell filled with lemon curd makes for a light and sweet pie.
You won't miss the meat in this vegetarian biryani from River Cottage Veg. Served with fluffy saffron basmati rice, the base is a richly spiced stew of potatoes, peas, and carrots, fragrant with cardamom, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, and coriander.
Whether you remove the seeds from the hot peppers for a sweeter heat, or leave them in for some fiery intensity, this relish will bring new meaning to the "hot" in hot dog.
I like to serve grilled hearts of romaine lettuce with a rich, tangy buttermilk dressing shot through with fragrant dill, topped with sweet tomatoes and crisp rounds of spicy radishes. This super-simple recipe only takes 20 minutes to prepare and will surely stand out at your next summer barbecue.
This devilishly rich slice and bake cookie gets an extra helping of chocolate chips over the top.
The ultimate lobster, bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato sandwiches, made with bacon sheet, tomato filets, perfectly cooked lobster, homemade mayonnaise, and bread toasted in bacon fat.
These single-serving sweets from Smoke & Pickles combine the creamy softness of spoonbread (a kind of cornmeal pudding) with the airy lightness of a French soufflé. Made with fresh corn and buttermilk, but of course
We have reached the end of May, and with it, the last dish of Marmaggedon. This recipe celebrates Marmite's salty, savory flavor in the form of ale-stewed beef wrapped in flakey pastry. It makes a hearty, filling dinner but could just as easily go along on a picnic as a chilled dish, instead.
Caponata is one of my favorite dippy things to whip out for summertime entertaining. A tangy sweet-and-sour melange of eggplant, tomatoes, and briny olives, the dish plays well with summer staples like grilled bread, grilled chicken, and grilled...well, anything. This version, from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's version in River Cottage Veg, calls for an ingredient that I'd never thought to include in my caponatas: chocolate.
A bold shot of espresso counteracts sweet toffee bits in these speckled drop cookies.
Chilled potato-leek soup, or Vichyssoise, is an excellent budget dish to have up one's sleeve. At its most basic, the soup's humble ingredients combine to form a silky, luxurious meal far greater than the sum of its parts. The velvety green soup in River Cottage Veg contains not only the potatoes and leeks, but also a couple of cucumbers and heads of butter lettuce as well. The greenery adds a refreshing touch and brilliant color to the soup, and the dollop of creme fraiche at the end is the perfect tangy-rich note to finish.
Chicken patties seasoned with ginger, scallions, and cilantro, served with a sriracha mayonnaise.
Lighter than a pound cake, this gluten-free, dairy-free cornmeal cake goes well with just about anything.
Not to be confused with the thick-as-fog, sits-in-your-stomach-like-a-brick winter-time version, this pea soup is subtle and light, fragrant with lemon and mint. The soup is only simmered long enough to cook through the peas and let the flavors come together; a handful of Parmesan at the end adds salt and a touch of creaminess.
This juicy dessert is really a deep dish pie. A boat load of apples is baked in a buttery brown sugar streusel crust with a crunchy crumble topping.
As Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall grumbles in River Cottage Veg, arugula has become too popular for its own good. His arugula-fennel-lentil salad is an attempt to celebrate the green on its own merit. Earthy lentils and the crunchy, anise notes of fennel do indeed balance the peppery lettuce, and bright lemon zest enlivens the mix.
This dessert comes out looking impressive, but it's as mind-blowingly simple as it is complexly delicious. It would make a gorgeous end to any outdoor early summer meal. The apricots and shortbread can be done a day or two ahead, and the sabayon completed right before serving.